From Basement Bla to Walk-Down Wow!

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From Basement Bla to Walk-Down Wow!

Basements are often underutilized, overly cluttered, and unattractive spaces in our homes.  But when you cant create more square footage on the main floors of a home, your basement is ready to be transformed into what you need.

In this Longmeadow home, the basement was transformed from a standard unfinished basement into a game and craft room, pantry, workout area, and laundry room.

You won’t believe this is the same space from the before to the after. 

Basement Space and Lighting Plan

The first step in any project is to draw it. We need to take a look at the available space and determine how to best use it.  In this basement, our goal was to fit in a laundry room, a craft and game area, a TV spot, a workout area pantry storage, and basement storage.  Some of the other items on the wish list were a full sized-fridge, a mini-fridge for drinks and a large table for games. Take a look below at how we made it all happen!

The Designs

Once drawings are approved, we dive into the magic of design. The goal was to create a relaxing spa feel in the laundry room, so this soft teal, beige and blue palette did the trick.

In the adjacent “family room,” we wanted a more colorful and playful design but kept the teal to create continuity from room-to-room. A funky wallpaper, bold area rug, and orange Roman shades really provide pop against the white cabinetry.

Basement Windows

To start, we updated the small basement windows with large dug in windows to give the room tons of natural light and to make it feel as if you were on the main floor of the house.  That change alone made a huge impact!

Toy Storage

The second thing that we tackled in this transformation was built-in storage.  This wall shows the toy, game and arts and craft storage. These drawers were designed for an easy way to tuck away items and keep the room feeling organized. How pretty do the bright colors look off the crisp, white cabinetry?

Accent Wall

In designing the new space, we relocated the TV so that we could create a basement TV nook separate from the craft and game area. While the opposite wall features a lot of color in items on the shelf, the TV wall was lacking on the color pop, so we added an accent wall.  This bright teal is pulled right out of the area rug.

Luxurious Basement Laundry Room

Laundry does not feel like a chore in this new laundry room. It went from straight utilitarian to beautiful and relaxing.  One of the big changes we made was spraying the ceiling white.  While we needed to leave some of the ceiling open to access pipes and vents, painting it white minimized the appearance of it almost making it all disappear visually.

We also replaced the slop sink for a gorgeous porcelain farmhouse sink.  You can still soak your stained items in here, but aesthetically, it gives you a feeling of not being in the basement at all.

Dream Pantry

In the before, the bi-fold doors were almost never closed contributing to the feeling of clutter. Now, there are pullouts and cabinets of varying sizes to suit every storage need.

Updated the Stairs

Gone are the utilitarian basement stairs and in their place are beautiful stated wood treads and a lovely runner.

We love how this basement turned out, and we know that it’s getting a lot of use right now during COVID lockdown.  Not a bad space to need to shelter-in-place.  Our client said in a recent email: “Thank goodness we have had the basement in all of this.” And we couldn’t agree more!

Check out more photos of this project in our portfolio.

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